Jorge Costa Reis

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2017


Self-taught photographer and orthopaedic surgeon Jorge Costa Reis (72) lives in Ferragudo. Jorge: “Many years ago, when I was still very young, I started with analogue photography as a hobby. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to travel and take pictures. For me, photography is a way of saving my memories.”

One of Jorge’s passions is photographing Algarvian chimneys. In total, he has photographed about 350 of them. Jorge: “The Algarve’s chimneys have a wide variety of shapes and are icons of this region and culture. That’s what seduced me.” An award-winning photographer, Jorge’s pictures have been in various exhibitions and publications.

Jorge about photography in the Algarve: “The luminosity and the characteristics of the light here make it such a good place for photography. My favourite places to take pictures are the beaches and mountains; I love landscapes.”


Architectural photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows an Algarvian chimney in São Bartolomeu de Messines. It was taken on a Canon Eos 50D camera with a Tamron AF 18-270mm lens. Settings: f/9, 1/400 sec, ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on Jorge’s website.

Want to try and make a perfect picture as well? Here are Jorge’s top tips:

1. Photograph just before sunset or after sunrise. When the sun is low in the sky, it gives a magical illumination that enhances any photograph. In addition, the long shadows of the golden hour look great in architectural images.

2. An aperture of f/13 or f/16 promotes the perfect combination of depth of field and image quality (many lenses have a specific point in the middle of the aperture frame and do not leave the images so sharp). An ISO of 200 or less is also essential to ensure your architectural photographs won’t have a grainy appearance.

3. The best thing about photographing architecture is that your model won’t move so take all the time you want. If the light is shifting, or if your framing is picking up some bad clouds, it pays to be patient: wait until the clouds acquire sensational positions, for example. This way, you’ll get a different composition.


See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2017

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